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Discover the colour, energy, and history of vibrant Soweto during this Johannesburg bike tour. Hop on two wheels to explore the streets of the colourful region that more than three million people call home. As you ride along, your local guide will take you through the history of Soweto as well as into current developments and life today. With locals speaking all of the 11 official languages of South Africa, see if you can pick up a few local phrases to greet people while riding through the streets.
You’ll start at Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers and head to your first stop: a look-out point that takes in Orlando West and East. View the surroundings of the township, including the home grounds of the famous soccer team, the Orlando Pirates. From there, your next stop is Mzimhlophe Men’s Hostel – a former migrant workers’ hostel. You’ll learn how men from around the country moved to Johannesburg and its townships to work in the gold mines, and the conditions they lived in — as well as how this area has now transformed to become a Soweto community today. In this area, many locals still practice traditional African customs, and you’ll learn all about their beliefs and traditions.
Your Soweto tour then continues via Meadowlands to the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, commemorating the uprisings on 16 June 1976, when hundreds of children and youths lost their lives while protesting the Apartheid education system.
From there, you’ll continue on to Vilakazi Street, where you’ll stop at Nelson Mandela’s former home, and the home of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, to learn more about these icons’ contributions to a free and democratic South Africa. This will be the last stop of the tour, and from there, you’ll cycle back to Lebo’s, where you can take in more of Soweto, the community, and its people.
Please note: the cycling portion of this tour will be about two hours. The full duration time of the tour is to cover pick-ups and drop-offs, as well as pre-cycle preparation time.
The leaders of the group were great and wonderful. Definitely enjoyed my time with them.
I appreciate the global tour !
The bike tour is an ideal precursor to visiting the Apartheid Museum. The museum is by any measure as good as everyone says it is, but experiencing it is all the more poignant if you've just spent several hours in Soweto, where the people including the knowledgeable and friendly Viator guides are wonderfully welcoming.
Great Tour! We loved our guide and the fact that we were able to ride a bike through SOWETO brought us so much closer to understanding the significance of the place.
I loved the Apartheid Museum...it was a WOW! Spacious and well thought out. Would have been able to spend more time there. Fun to look over the area from the Carlton Centre but the bike ride was really the cream on the top. The guides were very informative and very attentive to those of us with a challenge going uphill. A very worthwhile ride to understanding the history of Soweto and the Apartheid.
A great way to connect with the people of Soweto and have a practical history lesson
Overall the tour was very good . The guides were very informative particularly the 2 men who guided us through Soweto. We did not go to the Apartheid Museum which was also on my tour itinerary . I would have liked to have seen it but my time in Johannesburg was limited so I could not see it another time
Good informative tour.
Not impressed w Carlton Center Observation Deck but the Apartheid Museum and bike tour were well worth it. The small size of the tour group was appreciated and our guide for the day was knowledgeable and friendly.
I would not recommend this tour. It did not deliver as advertised. Pick up was 30 minutes late without any notification of delay. We drove by the Carlton Centre but did not go up to the Observation deck. Upon being dropped off at the Apartheid Museum, I was told lunch was not included. When I showed my guide the voucher showing lunch was supposed to be included, he said he would check into what was arranged, but no promises and I should purchase my own lunch at the café. After 2 hours at the museum, I was picked up and taken to Lebo's backpackers for the cycle tour. The bikes were in poor condition. One lady's brakes did not work well, and I got a flat tire. They also charged an additional fee for water which could be purchased at the bar, but the bar did not have any change. This was annoying since the intention of purchasing this tour was for an all-inclusive experience and I didn't bring extra cash for the water I needed given the heat of the afternoon. Also, we did not stop a local shebeen bar. It felt the people involved in this tour were all penny-pinching and taking shortcuts which made the tour poor value for money and felt like a scam.
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